Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
Ruth and Boaz 1879

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Date 1879
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 645 x 518 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
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Burne-Jones designed this scene and no.66 for a window in All Hallows Church, Allerton. With two other Biblical subjects, they act as predellas (small panels below the main picture) to the larger representation of four female figures: Miriam, Ruth, Esther and the Virgin Mary. Each scene is related to the figure above it. In this cartoon, the widow Ruth is depicted at the moment when her gleaning in the fields is interrupted by the rich landowner Boaz. He has observed her dutiful attendance on her mother-in-law, and later rewards her modesty and virtue with an offer of marriage.

August 2004

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